Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers


Manta Ray Bay (culture2)Yap offers travelers a very special experience with clear warm water diving with an exotic island culture in an uncrowded and undeveloped tropical setting. This is where the modern world mixes with ancient traditional people in an unspoiled paradise void of mass tourism. Less than 1,000 divers a year visit Yap, offering traveler’s outer reef diving in small groups on exclusive dive sites in the world’s first manta ray and big animal sanctuary.


Built by divers, for divers. The Manta Ray Bay Resort was designed for hospitality luxury and dive convenience, and is the only dedicated dive facility on the island. Each of the 35 individually themed rooms are just a few steps from the dive shop, boat dock and the operation’s unique restaurant & bar. Standard double-occupancy and ocean view rooms are available as well as deluxe ocean view suites with private plunge pools or a rooftop jacuzzi. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning and a ceiling fan, DVD player, an International Direct Dialing phone, in-room internet connection, optional refrigerator, and a large private bathroom with built-in hair dryer. Five star service meets island traditions at the Taro Leaf in-house spa and shopping boutique.


Yap has 100 miles of barrier reef with several channels and large lagoons creating diverse underwater environments, dive conditions and interactions with a wide array of marine life. The hallmark of diving Yap is the big animal guarantee that is here everyday year round.

Tourism in Yap was founded on manta ray diving and since 2008 the state’s water is the world’s first government-backed manta sanctuary. Every day there is an opportunity to dive with resident manta rays at one of many cleaning stations. The Island’s also has a strong and healthy population of grey, black tip and white tip reef sharks. Along with reef shark sightings divers interact with larger species such as tiger, silky, silvertip, leopard and nurse sharks with less frequency. Macro enthusiasts can expect mandarin fish, moyer’s dragonettes, scorpion leaf fish, nudibranchs, pipe fish, gobi and blind shrimp, mantis shrimp, juvenile reef fish species and much more. Every day at sunset mandarin fish come out of the finger coral to find a suitable partner and put on a unique mating display that is an outstanding and challenging photography shot.

Yap Divers is the original and most knowledgeable dive operation in Yap, established in 1986 by Scuba Diving Hall of Fame dive pioneer, Bill Acker. Yap Divers is an SSI Platinum Dive Center, PADI Gold Palm Resort and Mares Premium DC offering all levels of dive training, Nitrox and rental gear. They are equipped with a fleet of 6 to 8 pax custom dive boats with an 18 pax boat for large groups. Family diving packages are available year-round with activities for diving and non-diving children.

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